Croak.it!

http://croak.it/
Very simple short podcasts

Samples and Ideas

Quick way to record library facts for National Library Week
Good for young students who need simple interface
Short messages for faculty or staff to share via emailed link
Sample Here: http://croak.eu/10dxieE

Pros

Very easy to use
Can share the link
Has a free App

Cons

Not customizable
Can't really embed unless you use an iframe

Tutorials

Posted on Croak.it website



Voki

http://www.voki.com/
Animated avatars that you customize and then add voice

Samples and Ideas

Library Introduction/Website Introduction
Students doing commercials for their section
Book talks
Definitions of vocabulary words


Pros

Pros: easy to use, can upload file or by phone

Cons

Requires an email. Can't search what others have done but can share your own with others. Currently does commercial free for teachers, but this changes quite frequently during the school year, and can be glitchy.



Podcasts (hosted on Podbean)

Making the Audio Files: Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Uploading the Files: Podbean https://www.podbean.com/

Create your own podcasts, add music or sound effects, and share with the world (or just people you like)

Samples and Ideas

http://advancedvocabulary.podbean.com/
or you can embed into your site

Pros

Students can create projects in audacity and save to a central location for teachers to review and then upload
Easy to set up an account

Cons

Would have to download audacity on every computer
Can be a little complicated
Podbean requires email
Limited space on free version on Podbean. Will need to clear out old podcasts or pay to upgrade



Audioboo

http://www.audioboo.fm

Samples and Ideas

Students can record what they've learned or read in the form of an audio report or discussion with another student.
Librarians or teachers can use to disseminate information, book reviews, etc.
Create an audio scavenger hunt with the QR code generator that creates links to your audio files.


Pros

Easy to use and free for up to three minutes.
Can record online or use an app for apple and android devices. Works with Blackberry and Windows 8, too.
You can upload title, description, image, and location.
You can easily post your "boo" to social network sites like Facebook and Twitter.
You can create an RSS feed, post to iTunes with the click of a button or easily create a QR code that links to it.

Cons

There's a cost if you want to record for more than 3 minutes.